‘Critical’ evidence found in trash in case of missing girl Faye Swetlik

Cheryl Sanders
February 15, 2020

Police said they believe the two bodies are "linked".

The body of Faye Swetlik was found Thursday in a wooded area of her neighborhood, near the home of Coty Scott Taylor - whose body police found inside his home.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said autopsies were scheduled for Saturday.

While not officially confirming that Taylor was a suspect in Faye's disappearance and death, Antley said police were no longer searching for suspects and that there was no further danger to residents of the Churchill Heights neighborhood in Greater Columbia.

Faye Marie Swetlik disappeared Monday while playing in her front yard after getting off the school bus, investigators said. "And as your vice president and as a father, let me say we were deeply saddened to receive word this afternoon that the remains of Faye Swetlik, a 6-year-old girl who went missing from her parents' front yard just three days ago, have been found", Pence said on Thursday.

He said that authorities found Taylor dead "moments" after finding Faye.

That's less than 500 feet from where Faye lived with her mother on Londonderry Square. Several prayer vigils were held while she was missing and after her body was found.

Police did not share Taylor's cause of death.

"Our evidence and our investigation shows that they are linked", Sergeant Evan Antley said at a press conference Friday.

Antley said Taylor was a neighbor of Swetlik. We have made no arrests.

"I checked all the houses in my neighbourhood and anybody that actually answered is out looking for her too", the girl's mother said after carefully describing what her daughter was wearing through tears in the 911 call. She said she searched for her before calling police.

Faye caught school bus home before going missing. City of Cayce Spokesperson Ashley Hunter asked that anyone in the Churchill Heights Neighborhood where Faye was last seen, to contact law enforcement if their homes are outfitted with any home security systems, like Ring.

Investigators want to know more about Taylor. Antley revealed that while Faye remained missing, investigators were following sanitation trucks, and checking people's garbage before these bags were taken away.

"Possibly the toughest day for many law enforcement careers", he said.

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